Haven collaborates with two local shelters to offer adolescents emergency housing. The temporary shelters accept boys ages 12-17 and girls ages 12-18. The most common reason that youth are housed in a shelter is to provide them with temporary respite. This establishes a “cooling off” period, which allows family members to regroup and engage in productive family communication under the direction of Haven counselors. In situations where emergency housing for a young person is deemed appropriate, permission of a guardian is necessary to proceed. In addition, the housing agreements require families to attend a minimum of one family session per week with a Haven counselor.